Born in Kingston, Jamaica, christened Andrew Stewart, he faced numerous challenges while growing up but music was where he found joy. Music for him began in the church and on the street corners of the various communities such as Waterhouse, Cockburn Pen and Portmore.
His first recording was a track titled, Oh Mass Charlie for producer Alton Minott. He left Jamaica with a friend in 1998 for Curacao and hooked up with the band Goldie Locks and recorded a song titled Gusta Paca (This Little Girl Love Money) which was an instant hit. It went number one in Arubain 1998. He also had a number one song on the charts in The Netherlands and Australia titled, “Everybody's Irish”.
Sydney Salmon became a member of the orthodox faith, Twelve Tribes of Israel and joined its music body as a guitarist and lead singer. He performed with this musical group producing hits such as “Africa Is Our Home”, “I Wonder” and “Shashemane on my Mind”. As a devout Rastafarian, he took the bold step to leave his comfortable life in New York and repatriated to Ethiopia in 2001. He used Reggae Music as the medium to spread the message of universal justice and one love. Through his fundraising efforts, he worked tirelessly for the Jamaican Rastafarian Development Community in Shashemane.
Sydney founded the Imperial Majestic Reggae Band and through the prolific work of the musicians has built up a sizable following in Ethiopia; playing in all popular clubs including touring all over Europe
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